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The Ceramic Presence in Modern Art

Sequoia Miller– Long on the fringes of mainstream narratives of modern art, ceramics are typically considered a field of practice entirely distinct from painting, works on paper, and more conventional forms of sculpture. The Yale University Art Gallery’s recent publication The Ceramic Presence in Modern Art: Selections from the Linda

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Art + Science: Jennifer Raab on Frederic Church

Jennifer Raab — Years ago, standing in front of Frederic Edwin Church’s The Heart of the Andes (1859) at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, I wondered, why is this painting so detailed? This was the first word that came to mind when looking at the picture. It was also the

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Lowlands travelogue: Dordrecht

In Elisabeth de Bièvre’s new book Dutch Art and Urban Cultures, 1200-1700, the author explains how distinct geographical circumstances and histories shaped unique urban developments in different locations in the Netherlands and, in turn, fundamentally informed the art and visual culture of individual cities.  In seven chapters, each devoted to a single city,

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Tristan Perich’s Art of Music

Patrick Coleman– Right now, one of the most exciting art exhibitions in London can’t be seen—not exactly. War Damaged Musical Instruments by Susan Philipsz consists of speakers hanging from the ceiling of the Duveen galleries of the Tate Britain, playing recordings she made of musicians performing upon instruments damaged during

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Artemisia Gentileschi on the page and on the screen

Jesse Locker– I confess that I first heard Michael Palin, of Monty Python fame, was making a documentary film about baroque painter Artemisia Gentileschi—the subject of my recent book—buried in an article in the British tabloid The Mirror with the unpromising headline “Great British Bake Off leaves me cold says

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The paradoxical precision of Eva Hesse

This guest post from Kirsten Swenson conjures a 1960s moment in art both through specific objects that were created then – and continue to exist today – and through a masterful evocation of the ethos that animated a group of artists working at that time.  For more, do read her

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